Two people dead in Cotton Valley fire
COTTON VALLEY, La. (KSLA) - Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fatal fire in Cotton Valley on Wednesday morning.
Crews were called just after 1 a.m. on Feb. 10 to the 100 block of Cvoc Road to a mobile home. There were three people inside the trailer at the time of the fire. When firefighters got there, one female had escaped, but the two males were unaccounted for, Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM) officials say.
Two men died in the blaze. Their bodies were discovered in separate bedrooms of the mobile home.
The men have not yet been officially identified, but LAOSFM believes one of the men was 50 and the other in his early 60s. They were both residents of the home and were related.
LAOSFM says so far in 2021, there have been a total of ten fire-related fatalities in the state.
“This is an alarming number of deaths due to fire already in 2021,” said State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. “Six of these deaths have happened in February alone and we’re not even to the middle of the month yet.”
LAOSFM deputies and the Cotton Valley Fire Department are still looking into the fire. Investigators say the fire started front part of the home where the older man was sleeping. While the exact cause is still unknown, investigators suspect the fire may have been started by the use of a wood-burning stove to heat the home. Fire officials want to warn the public that cooking appliances should never be used to heat the home.
“If you do nothing else after hearing these figures and reading these safety tips, please make sure you do not go to sleep tonight without at least one smoke alarm watching over you and your family,” said Browning, “And, please, take this warning seriously.”
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